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fee·ble

 (fē′bəl)
adj. fee·bler, fee·blest
1.
a. Lacking bodily strength; weak: too feeble to climb the hill.
b. Having little intensity or strength; faint: feeble light; a feeble voice.
2. Having little capacity to withstand pressure or strain: the castle's feeble defenses.
3.
a. Lacking vigor or effectiveness; inadequate: a feeble attempt to apologize.
b. Showing little activity: a feeble housing market. See Synonyms at weak.

[Middle English feble, from Old French, from Latin flēbilis, lamentable, from flēre, to weep.]

fee′ble·ness n.
fee′bly adv.

feeble

(ˈfiːbəl)
adj
1. lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
2. inadequate; unconvincing: feeble excuses.
3. easily influenced or indecisive
[C12: from Old French feble, fleible, from Latin flēbilis to be lamented, from flēre to weep]
ˈfeebleness n
ˈfeebly adv

fee•ble

(ˈfi bəl)

adj. -bler, -blest.
1. physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
2. weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind.
3. lacking in volume, brightness, distinctness, etc.: feeble light.
4. lacking in substance or effectiveness: feeble arguments.
[1125–75; Middle English feble < Old French < Latin flēbilis lamentable =flē(re) to weep + -bilis -ble]
fee′ble•ness, n.
fee′blish, adj.
fee′bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.feeble - pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; "a feeble excuse"; "a lame argument"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
2.feeble - lacking strength or vigor; "damning with faint praise"; "faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
3.feeble - lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"
frail - physically weak; "an invalid's frail body"
4.feeble - lacking strength; "a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude"- Nathaniel Hawthorne
powerless - lacking power

feeble

feeble

adjective
2. So lacking in strength as to be barely audible:
3. Having little substance or significance; not solidly based:
Translations
ضَعيف
slabý
svag
hataraheikkovelttovoimaton
máttfarinn
nespēcīgsvārgs
beteženšibekslaboten

feeble

[ˈfiːbl] ADJ (feebler (compar) (feeblest (superl)))
1. (= weak) [person, cry, protest] → débil; [smile, laugh] → lánguido, débil; [light] → tenue
2. (= ineffective) [effort, attempt, resistance] → débil; [excuse, argument] → poco convincente, flojo; [joke] → soso

feeble

[ˈfiːbəl] adj
(= weak) [person] → faible
(= pale) [light] → faible
(= unconvincing) [argument] → piètrefeeble-minded [ˌfiːbəlˈmaɪndɪd] adjfaible d'esprit

feeble

adj (+er)
(= weak) personschwach, schwächlich; light, voiceschwach
(pej: = pathetic) person, effort, applause, support, smileschwach; attempt, performancekläglich; explanation, argument, ideawenig überzeugend; excusefaul (inf); jokelahm (inf); responsehalbherzig; don’t be so feeble!sei nicht so ein Waschlappen (inf)

feeble

[ˈfiːbl] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (gen) → debole; (joke) → pietoso/a (fam) (person) → rammollito/a

feeble

(ˈfiːbl) adjective
weak. The old lady has been rather feeble since her illness; a feeble excuse.
ˈfeebly adverb

feeble

a. débil, endeble.

feeble

adj débil
References in classic literature ?
In an instant's compass, great hearts sometimes condense to one deep pang, the sum total of those shallow pains kindly diffused through feebler men's whole lives.
At the sound, the feebler spirit of Emmeline gave way; and, laying hold of Cassy's arm, she said, "O, Cassy, I'm going to faint
By this time two of our feebler men and three of our women were dead, and others past moving and threat- ened with death.
Lorry was so exceedingly disconcerted by a question so hard to answer, that he could only look on, at a distance, with much feebler sympathy and humility, while the strong woman, having banished the inn servants under the mysterious penalty of "letting them know" something not mentioned if they stayed there, staring, recovered her charge by a regular series of gradations, and coaxed her to lay her drooping head upon her shoulder.
Joe's station and influence were something feebler (if possible) when there was company, than when there was none.
He was thinking of the time that comes to every leader of every pack when his strength goes from him and he gets feebler and feebler, till at last he is killed by the wolves and a new leader comes up--to be killed in his turn.
She refused to burden her husband with her weight, but often tottered against his side, and recovered herself each time by a feebler effort.
But, one day, Telephassa seemed feebler than usual, and leaned almost her whole weight on the arm of Cadmus, and walked more slowly than ever before.
It is seldom that I have much health to boast of," replied the youth, in a feeble voice, and with a still feebler smile.
De la Rocheaimard gradually grew feebler, but she might still live months.
It was a feebler relief, a feebler triumph she felt now, but the great dark eyes and the sweet lips were as beautiful as ever, perhaps more beautiful, for there was a more luxuriant womanliness about Hetty of late.
Many of the Tahitians were at first disposed to resort to arms, and drive the invaders from their shores; but more pacific and feebler counsels ultimately prevailed.